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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

The Grim Reefer Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (295 comments)

Because you complained about modding like a twat, modbomb on the way to as many posts of yours as I can, once I get me one of them piles of 15 I get regularly.

While I understand the sentiment, as I have been tempted to do the same in the past, I respectfully ask you to not abuse the mod system this way. The mod system is meant to be used to rate each post on it's own merits, not the poster themselves. I'm not judging Jane.q here, but even trolls can make a good point on occasion.

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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

The Grim Reefer New marketing slogan (76 comments)

The chemists claim that Cheerios are by far the best in the cereal aisle at growing chemically productive fungi.

I wonder how much spin the marketing team at General Mills will have to put on this to be able to use it in advertising. I'd buy them for having the quote above printed on the box.

2 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

The Grim Reefer Re:Intelligence isn't that important (153 comments)

I was going to do just that. Unfortunately I tried it with a honey badger first. The honey badger ate the lungfish, the goldfish, my dog and somehow found a snake to eat. Then it smacked the cup and said "I don't give a shit"

3 days ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

The Grim Reefer Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

Correct, who gives an F?

Agreed.

If you are onÂ/. you are not even supposed to know who this "Jennifer Lawrence" is!

Normally I would agree with you. However, being that she was in two X-men movies you should probably turn in your geek card.

This news is for the monkeys praying to the monolith! (and by monolith I mean systemd)

I didn't know anyone was praying to systemd.And would guess anyone who is, will not care. The hairless monkeys praying to the nuclear warhead would probably be more interested.

about a week ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

The Grim Reefer Re:Can't be good for humans either (147 comments)

But consumes more water?

Because of osmotic pressure, freshwater fish are hypertonic and absorb water continually. Their kidneys work pretty hard to keep the correct electrolyte balance.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

The Grim Reefer Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (445 comments)

From the second half of the first sentence of TFS:

...writes aboutÂseven of the biggest factors that predict what makes for a long term stable marriage in America.

Emphasis mine.

It would be interesting to see what the divorce rate of Hindus is after living in the US after 5, 10, 20 years. And what the differences are when one or both of the couple's parents live with them or close by vs. their families remaining a large distance away.

I'm sure the divorce rate would be much lower the average American marriage. But I would guess without the pressures of culture and family, it would go up.

about a week ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

The Grim Reefer Re:And... (155 comments)

Using slide rules for your calculations does not make you a luddite either.

No, but using an abacus does.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

The Grim Reefer Re:Increased public vigilance?? (478 comments)

Yeah, you don't want them to turn blue, blue people are the worst.

Only the really short ones. They incessantly sing annoying songs and never get eaten by cats or incompetent wizards.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:ESSO (252 comments)

Wasn't that on Not Necessarily the News? That show was funny as hell.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:ESSO (252 comments)

Esso was around in the North East until '72-'73. My father worked at one on the PA turnpike during the summers when he was in college in the early 1960's. When Standard Oil was broken up in the early 1900's many of the companies had rights to the Esso name within their own state. Some didn't object to others using the name within their state as well.

I think the southern states had to re-brand in the mid to late 1960's to Enco

I remember the Mobil Pegasus well. I think it was pretty cool at any age. But that was the 1970's for you. We thought airbrushing naked women riding dragons on cars, and especially vans, was cool then too.

The Exxon tiger was around back then also.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:ESSO (252 comments)

Prolly true. But we had Esso in UK and on continent (Netherlands? Hard to recall) back in the day.

We had Esso in the US as well. Though I doubt most people on /. are old enough to remember them.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

The Grim Reefer Re:Positive role model? (263 comments)

Sure, if you smoke pot, you might end up like Carl Sagan, but you could also end up like Obama, Bush, or Clinton.

Do you want your teen to grow up and have 27% approval ratings? I thought not.

Marijuana must be much more potent than I thought. Clinton didn't inhale and look what happened.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

The Grim Reefer Re:Logo? (546 comments)

INTERCAL was great. In a funny, ironic way of course. I absolutely love the idea of a COMEFROM command.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

The Grim Reefer Logo? (546 comments)

I don't see Logo getting much use these days. ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

The Grim Reefer Re:Inter-species communication (152 comments)

There are some talking birds that I'm convinced they have at least some idea of what they are saying. Many, if not most simply make noises that the human they are bonded to get excited/happy about.

I was with a friend at a drive through once and the last thing she ordered was french fires. The cashier didn't hear her and asked what the last thing she ordered was. Before she could open her mouth her pet cockatoo yelled "FRIES, FUCKER!" Of course when we drove up to the window he wouldn't say a word.

Another friend of mine had a blue-fronted amazon parrot. He loved doughnuts. Anytime anyone came into the house with a doughnut, or a bag or box from Dunkin Donuts he would immediately ask "What's that?" in a coy kind of voice. if that didn't work he demanded you "Come over here!" If that failed his last effort was "I love you." His name was Quasi(moto) He would also stand in front of a mirror and say "You're a pretty bird Quasi"

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

The Grim Reefer Re:Loosely translated: (152 comments)

OTOH, one wonders if orcas do it to eat dolphins. (They aren't called "killer whales" for nothing).

Considering on the Planet Earth series, or something similar, they filmed a pod of orcas spending hours wearing out a larger whale, of some other species, and her calf until they were able to kill and eat the calf. I'd guess they might if the opportunity presented itself.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

The Grim Reefer Re:Miracle Occurs here. (315 comments)

Yep...it's pretty much 1. Step one 2. Step two 3. Make the whole Fusion thing work. 4. Cheap Energy!

For gods sake, this is /. You forgot: 5. Profit!!

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

The Grim Reefer Re:Wait a minute... (304 comments)

So if these keyboards are so durable, why do you need to refurbish them?

Refurbish is a relative term. With normal keyboards they means pretty much replacing them. With a Model M it means running it through the dishwasher.

I have a box with a dozen or so of them, and four in use. Years ago, when I got them used from an office that was throwing them away, they were pretty dirty. So I ran them through the dishwasher and let them dry for a couple of days and they looked practically brand new.

I suppose if you bludgeoned someone to death with one you may need to replace a key or two. But the dishwasher should take care of the mess (on the keyboard at least). I suppose you can call that "refurbishing" them.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

The Grim Reefer Re:Duh. (402 comments)

And here I thought it was only NASA that had metric and imperial units mixed up. Obviously the number is going to be higher. There are 3.785412 liters per gallon.

The article is talking about the UK. An Imperial gallon is 4.54609188 liters, instead of the US gallon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

I don't supposed you heard that metric "woosh"?

about two weeks ago

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New material steals oxygen from the air

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about two weeks ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed.

We do fine with the 21 per cent oxygen in the air around us. But sometimes we need oxygen in higher concentrations; for example lung patients must carry heavy oxygen tanks, cars using fuel cells need a regulated oxygen supply. Perhaps one day in the future even sunlight-driven "reversible" fuel cells will be made. With these we will have to separate oxygen from hydrogen in order to recombine them in order to get energy.

Now Professor Christine McKenzie and postdoc Jonas Sundberg, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized a material that absorb oxygen in large quantities and store it.

"In the lab, we saw how this material took up oxygen from the air around us", says Christine McKenzie.

The new material is crystalline, and using x-ray diffraction the researchers have studied the arrangement of atoms inside the material when it was filled with oxygen, and when it was emptied of oxygen."

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The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 3 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Today many plastic products, from sippy cups and blenders to Tupperware containers, are marketed as BPA-free. But CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner's findings—some of which have been confirmed by other scientists—suggest that many of these alternatives share the qualities that make BPA so potentially harmful.

Those startling results set off a bitter fight with the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. The American Chemistry Council, which lobbies for plastics makers and has sought to refute the science linking BPA to health problems, has teamed up with Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, a widely used plastic marketed as being free of estrogenic activity—in a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The company has gone so far as to tell corporate customers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected Bittner's testing methods. (It hasn't.) Eastman also sued CertiChem and its sister company, PlastiPure, to prevent them from publicizing their findings that Tritan is estrogenic, convincing a jury that its product displayed no estrogenic activity. And it launched a PR blitz touting Tritan's safety, targeting the group most vulnerable to synthetic estrogens: families with young children. "It can be difficult for consumers to tell what is really safe," the vice president of Eastman's specialty plastics division, Lucian Boldea, said in one web video, before an image of a pregnant woman flickered across the screen. With Tritan, he added, "consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.""

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Darker Arctic boosting global warming

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 8 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That extra absorbed energy is so big that it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide, said the study's lead author, Ian Eisenman, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

The Arctic grew 8 per cent darker between 1979 and 2011, Eisenman found, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space.

"Basically, it means more warming," Eisenman said in an interview."

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Groupon confirms 'President Hamilton' error was intentional

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 8 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton — $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."
"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.
But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.
Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.
It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.
An inquiry on Monday morning garnered this response from a spokesman:
"Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."
The spokesman later confirmed the mistake was an intentional stunt."

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Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 9 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.

Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

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The space suit gets upgraded

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 9 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "For five decades ILC Dover, an engineering firm in Delaware farm country, has been outfitting astronauts for space — everyone from Neil Armstrong to Sunita Williams, who performed a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012. And yet ILC (which was founded as International Latex Corp.) has never before embarked on its latest mission: to make a fashion-forward suit for NASA.

The prototype is called Z-2. A new palette will be chosen when, early this year, NASA unveils three designs by Philadelphia University fashion and industrial design students. The public gets to pick a winner. Each design will draw on one of three themes: NASA's history, sports and superheroes, and nature. NASA officials hope that the campaign will rekindle excitement for the space program. "Part of this came from the fact that commercial space flight is gearing up," says Amy Ross, a top space-suit engineer at NASA, "and part of what they want is for their space suits to look cool.""

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Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Before the transcontinental race in "Cannonball Run," the starter tells the gathered racers, "You all are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place."

Ed Bolian prefers the term "fraternity of lunatics."

Where the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic was a comedic twist on a race inspired by real-life rebellion over the mandated 55-mph speed limits of the 1970s, Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles.

The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.

Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run."

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Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "(CNN) — Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The organization has been in a long-running feud with CyberBunker and claims spammers use it as a host from which to spray junk mail across the Web.

Internet security firm CloudFlare said Spamhaus contacted it last week, saying it had been hit with an attack big enough to knock its site offline.

Security experts say the attack uses more sophisticated techniques than most DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and targets the Web's infrastructure, which has led to other sites performing slowly."

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"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The new research builds on recent demonstrations of "invisibility cloaks" that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn't get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

"Imagine that you could divert light in time—slow it down, speed it up—so that you create a gap in the light beam in time," said study co-author and Cornell physicist Alex Gaeta.

"In this case, any event that occurs at that instant of time won't lead to scattering of light. It appears as if the event never occurred.""

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